The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and Relate have launched a free relationship counselling portal for Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their partners.
The RNRMC Building Stronger Families portal is a self-directed online learning programme supporting naval couple and family relationships.
This project is a joint venture between the RNRMC, the National Charity of the Royal Navy, and the UK’s leading relationships charity, Relate, and builds on the successful relationship and family counselling introduced in 2016.
Both serving and former RN and RM personnel and their partners can sign up to the service for free, where they will then have access to seven different modules.
The courses are intended to support RNRM relationships with topics ranging from Military Life, Sexual Communication and Intimacy, to Family Life and Parenting.
The ongoing partnership between the RNRMC and Relate, aims to support RNRM families with their relationships, which often come under strain due to lifestyle pressures. Deployment and separation can present particular issues for relationships as families adjust to time apart.
RNRMC’s Chief Executive, Adrian Bell, said: “We already offer free telephone, face-to-face and online counselling services for serving and former personnel.
“The RNRMC is delighted to launch the Building Stronger Families online learning portal. This website will provide discreet and easily-accessible advice to help families overcome the challenges associated with service life.
“We value our ongoing relationship with Relate to provide first-rate counselling services to serving and former personnel and their families.
“The portal will be a fantastic tool that we hope naval families will make use of.”
Ben Collins, Director of Services at Relate, said: “For the past three years, Relate has been working closely with RNRMC to provide relationship support services to former and serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families.
“During this time our counsellors have helped countless couples and families to build stronger relationships or help resolve things when they have gone wrong, leading to improvements in wellbeing and communication.
“Healthy relationships are so important in all our daily lives, which is why we’re delighted to be launching this new online platform with RNRMC. The platform provides a range of advice, information and self-help tools which can be accessed at any time and is designed to improve communication and strengthen relationships.”